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MINNEAPOLIS -- The 10 Minnesota football players who were suspended this week following a fresh investigation into an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus apartment in September will not play in the Holiday Bowl against Washington State. Botas Ugg Grises .The same incident led to three-game suspensions of four of the players earlier this season and now they are benched again along with six of their teammates.Ray Buford Sr., the father of defensive back Ray Buford Jr., said the new suspensions resulted from an investigation by the universitys Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action that was separate from earlier investigations into the alleged assault in the early hours of Sept. 3. He confirmed that an attorney for his son and other players planned to appeal.Buford Jr., KiAnte Hardin, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson were suspended for three games when their names came up in the police investigation. A restraining order filed by a woman who made the allegations prevented the players from being at TCF Bank Stadium on game days because she was involved in game-day operations.But the players were not arrested, prosecutors decided not to press charges and the players returned to the team. The restraining order was lifted after a settlement on Nov. 2.Coach Tracy Claeys said he couldnt discuss specifics due to privacy laws, but that the suspensions wouldnt be a distraction for bowl preparations.As far as the bowl prep goes, in football its a team sport and the next person has to step up, Claeys said Wednesday evening at a bowl news conference in San Diego. Well be fine. Weve got a competitive group of kids and well get them ready to play.Pressed on whether any of the suspended players were key contributors, Claeys said: Im not going to answer any more questions about that. This is about the game, the University of Minnesota vs. Washington State. Weve have enough guys to play. Last time I checked it only takes 11 on each side of the ball and a few for special teams. So weve got enough left to do that and well get them prepared to go and our kids will play hard.The university announced the new suspensions Tuesday night without disclosing why and officials remained silent on the reason Wednesday. The other six players are defensive backs Antonio Shenault and Antoine Winfield Jr., running backs Carlton Djam and Kobe McCrary, and quarterbacks Seth Green and Mark Williams.Hardin and Winfield are starters and Buford and Shenault are key reserves.Due to privacy restrictions relating to student educational data, there is nothing further the university can share, the school said.In an email to school supporters, university President Eric Kaler said the players will miss the Dec. 27 bowl game in San Diego. His message did not give the reason for the suspensions, citing the students privacy rights.The need to take actions like this is incredibly disappointing, Kaler wrote.Kaler said the decision was made by Claeys in consultation with athletic director Mark Coyle. He said he supported the decision, and that it was based on facts and the universitys values.Our leaders make these decisions with the interests of our entire community in mind, regardless of timing or competitive considerations, he said.According to police records released Wednesday, the woman told police she was drunk when she was sexually assaulted in Djams apartment by several men, including some of the suspended players. She said her sexual contact with two men may have been consensual, but her contact with four of them was not. Several players told police it was consensual.One investigator watched a video Djam took of the incident.She appears lucid, alert, somewhat playful, and fully conscious; she does not appear to be objecting to anything at this time. ... (She) sounds as though she is somewhat intoxicated, but is not slurring her words and is certainly conscious and aware of what is going on, he wrote. She does not appear to be upset by the sexual activity and does not indicate that she wants it to stop ... and the sexual contact appears entirely consensual.Buford Sr., a Detroit police officer who serves as security director to the citys mayor, said he has seen the EOAA report and that it appeared the office concluded the players were guilty, in contrast with police and prosecutors who found insufficient evidence to press charges and the judge who lifted the restraining order. He said the players who were not suspended earlier were accused of being in the apartment that night.Somehow this EEOA has come up with something different. ... Its beyond me. It just reeks to the high heavens, Buford Sr. said.While prosecutors need to be able to prove a criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt to get a conviction, the university uses a lower standard of proof for alleged violations of its student code, requiring only that it is more likely than not that a violation occurred.Lee Hutton, an attorney for several of the players including Buford Jr., did not return messages from the AP. He told the Star Tribune that the suspensions stemmed from the same incident that led to the earlier suspensions, and he told KMSP-TV that he planned to file an appeal on behalf of all the players involved and that he may ask a court to stay the suspensions.Buford Sr. confirmed the accuracy of a letter obtained by KSTP-TV that was sent to his son that said the EOAA had found him responsible for several violations of the universitys Student Conduct Code, including harm to a person, sexual misconduct, violation of university rules relating to sexual harassment and persistent violations of the code. The letter offered him the choice of accepting expulsion to resolve this matter informally.---AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed.---More AP college football: and Zapatillas De Casa Ugg Hombre . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. Botas Tipo Ugg Chocolate . -- Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The worlds greatest athlete hates being called The Worlds Greatest Athlete.He hears it every time he is introduced at an event, or meets sponsors, or is paraded in front of a TV camera. But the reality is that Ashton Eaton is far too humble for such a title -- he is so humble, in fact, that he hides his gold medal under his shirt when nobody is looking.They like me to wear it, he says sheepishly, but I dont like to.The two-time Olympic decathlon champion is wrapping up another round of commitments, this time for his sponsor Visa, when he sits down at an out-of-the-way table in an upscale hotel just off Copacabana Beach. Three stories down and out the front doors, thousands of Cariocas have begun partying the night away after Brazils victory over Germany in the Olympic soccer tournament.Eaton hasnt had a chance to party yet.Hes hardly had a chance to breathe.Ever since winning his latest gold medal Thursday night, matching an Olympic points record in the process, hes been pulled in a hundred different directions. He managed three hours of sleep after he left Olympic Stadium that night, then had to rise early for another round of interviews.Eaton takes it in stride, though. He knows that people are eager to hear from him, and he is just as eager to meet with those who have supported him the past eight years.Its kind of like networking, he says, for when I start thinking about what is next.In truth, Eaton is already thinking about whats next. Hes been on top of the decathlon world for the better part of a decade, and in a one-on-one interview with The Associated Press on Saturday night, he acknowledged that retirement is coming soon.He may compete next year. He may not.But there is no chance youll see him at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Its not because time is catching him, like so many rivals have failed to do. The 28-year-old Eaton would probably medal in Tokyo, if not win a third straight gold. Its more that Eaton and his wife, Canadian heptathlon bronze medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton, have other things they want to pursue, their lives in no way measured solely on the field of play.Id like to spend some time traveling, Eaton says, seeing organizations and getting a sense of what I want to do, and seeing how the world works.One of his idols is Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, whose spirit of ingenuity has inspired the decathlete. Eaton says Musk has an uncanny ability to look at something that other people would dismiss as impossible and figure out a way to make it work.I just like the way he thinks in the sense that his impact is from a foundation of not listening or accepting things the way they are, Eaton explains. Its something a loot of people dont want to do because its hard work. Botas Australianas. So, what does Eaton fancy trying? What is something that has too long been defined by the status quo, and that could use a fresh set of ideas to push it forward?It turns out the answer is big. Bigger even than electric cars.I thought itd be cool to start my own university, in a way, says Eaton, an Oregon graduate. Universities are like a utopia in a way, because youre mentally stimulated, youre challenged, and you have a lot of young, creative minds wanting to do new things, different things. Better things.But I dont think the current university systems are set up to allow people to meet their potential, he says. You just kind of go through the meat-grinder. Youre in a class with 300 people, doing rote regurgitation of information. It would be cool to do something different.Eaton hasnt fully fleshed out this idea, of course. Hes been a little busy becoming The Worlds Greatest Athlete. But the simple fact he is pondering these things 48 hours after standing on an Olympic podium speaks to Eatons character and personality.He is driven more by the pursuit of a goal than the baubles that come with achieving it.Take the decathlon competition in Rio, for instance. He says the only time he was proud of himself throughout the two-day, 10-event grind was during the pole vault on the final day.There was a situation where if I didnt clear this bar, it was over. No medal chance, he says. And I did, and I was like, `Im proud of myself for doing that. Because I had a lot of doubts going down the runway. I thought, `I could miss this and blow the whole damn thing. But I overcame that. That was good.So good it spurred him on to another gold medal. It will soon join his one from the 2012 London Games, which is not hanging proudly at home but rather stuck in a box in a crawlspace.He admits there are things he will miss about track and field, once he does finally call it quits: the circus-like atmosphere in the stadium, the pressure that builds throughout the events, the shining spotlight on the worlds biggest stage. But perhaps what Eaton will miss most is its black-and-white nature, every bit of the competition spelled out.Jump this high, run this fast, throw this far.Thats what has always been good about track. The goal is very clearly defined: Try to win. Get the gold medal. And Im able to put my energy toward that, Eaton says. The difficulty now is whats the gold medal in something else? Now I have to make up my own gold medal.Whats going to be the next victory for me? 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